Three years after that eponymous debut album with which they cleared everything and everyone on their path, Friendly Fires have just announced that their second longplayer will be in stores on 16th May (24th May in North America) via XL Recordings. The record will be called “Pala”, a title taken from Aldous Huxley’s novel “Islands”. In a recent interview, Ed Macfarlane, the band’s singer, gave a few details with regards to the inspiration for and recording process of their new baby. Once again co-produced by Paul Epworth (his role has apparently been bigger this time) and recorded in the UK, France and New York, “Pala” has mainly been inspired by “Spirits Having Flown” (Polydor, 1979) by the immortal Bee Gees. According to Macfarlane, at least. Furthermore, the Harlem Gospel Choir has contributed vocally to “Hunting”, while Alex Frankel (half of Holy Ghost!) has helped out on “True Love”, a song reminiscent of Talking Heads. The new tracks, which promise to be a perpetual carpe diem –hence the sleeve featuring the parrot from Huxley’s novel– are not a massive departure from their previous compositions, but rather, they round off the sharp edges and “little errors” the band consider they’ve made in the past. As an appetiser, we leave you with the advance track “Live Those Days Tonight”, which was released yesterday.
Friendly Fires will also be playing an intimate show at XOYO on 7th April, with tickets only available through the mailing list and website here. They'll go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd April) at 9am. Friendly Fires - Live Those Days Tonight
FIB 2011 takes place from 14 to 17 July at Castellón, Valencia . Tickets are on sale here .